Makoto Usami

CV Publications and working papers in English All publications, working papers, and presentations

Biographical Note
Makoto Usami is Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. Before joining the faculty, he has been Professor of Law and Philosophy at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (2008–2013), Professor of Jurisprudence at Chukyo University (2002–2004), and a visiting scholar at Harvard University (1997–1999). He has taught or lectured at several leading universities in Japan, including the University of Tokyo, Nagoya University, Hokkaido University, Keio University, Waseda University, Doshisha University, and Ritsumeikan University.

Prof. Usami was educated at Nagoya University (M.A. in Law, the highest honor in law, 1991; B.A. in Law, the highest honor in law, 1989), and received his LL.D. degree from the same university in 1996. He was elected Vice President of Public Policy Studies Association, Japan (2010–2012). He currently serves as a member of the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), a member of the Science Council of Japan, a member of the Council of the Japan Association of Legal Philosophy, a member of the Executive Council of Japan Law and Economics Association, a member of the Council of PPSAJ, and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Japan Division, among others. He also sits in the editorial or advisory boards of Current World Environment, Journal of Environmental Studies, Philosophy Study, and Philosophy and Poverty Series launched by Springer as well as several scholarly journals published in Japan.

The legal philosopher by training, Prof. Usami is the author of three books and more than fifty journal articles and book chapters written in English or Japanese and an editor of five anthologies and one special issue of international journal. He has published extensively on distributive justice, climate justice, global justice, intergenerational justice, and transitional justice in recent years. He has also worked on jurisprudential and philosophical issues concerning the methodologies and observations of the areas of law and economics, policy analysis, social choice theory, and positive political theory for many years.

Prof. Usami has made presentations in numerous international conferences, symposia, and workshops including the annual, biennial, and triennial meetings of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, International Political Science Association, International Public Policy Association, the European Society for Analytic Philosophy, Societas Ethica (the European Society for Research in Ethics), the Association for Social and Political Philosophy, and Australian Political Studies Association. Among his recent publications in Japanese are Justice: Basics and Frontiers (coauthor, forthcoming), Climate Justice (editor, forthcoming), Philosophy of Law (coauthor, 2014), Global Justice (editor, 2014), Frontiers of the History of Legal Thoughts (co-editor, 2013), Justice, Liberty, and Equality: Selected Lectures (2011), and Ronald Dworkin (co-editor, 2011). In 2016 and 2018, he delivered lectures on justice for judges at the Legal Training and Research Institute of Japan. Since 2017, he has given public lectures in which he critically examined Donald Trump's presidency and the rise of right-wing parties in European societies. He is currently working on a book discussing public policy in the perspective of legal philosophy and a book on global justice and intergenerational justice.

The abstracts and full texts of Prof. Usami's some works are available at PhilPapers and Social Science Research Network. Information on his publications and paper presentations, as well as his profile, can be found at Researchmap and Activity Database on Education and Research at Kyoto University.
> PhilPapers > Social Science Research Network > Researchmap > Activity Database on Education and Research, Kyoto University
Subject Areas for Supervising Dissertations and Theses
Members of the laboratory are supposed to engage in the study on environmental problem or policy from the perspective of one of the following fields:
E Legal philosophy
E Political philosophy
E Policy analysis
E Law
E Political Science


  • Members

  • Publications

  • Theses

  • Contact